Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Italian Restaurant - Fantastico LA RISATA

Italian cuisine - the exquisite thought of having pastas and pizzas makes me hungry. Italy is said to be home to some of the grandest food in the world and the good news is one does not need to travel all the way to Italy to enjoy such delicacies anymore.

"Good food is good mood" and that is exactly what LA RISATA, Italian for the laughter is all about. Established in 1996, Italian food connoisseurs are able to experience a variety of authentic Italian dishes ranging from traditional wood-fired oven thin & crispy pizzas to pastas, meat and seafood dishes that exudes the very essence of Italian dining.

LA RISATA is a labour of love by duo Lisa Yeoh and Yuen Yin Szeto. This partnership allowed Yuen to fully focus on the financial aspects of the company while Lisa looks into the operational side whilst working closely with the chefs on the menu. This really was the catalyst to their success and fast forward to present, we have a modern Italian restaurant that represents perfection at its finest.

The restaurant itself has soothing dim lit lightings with elegant interiors. This provide a cosy ambience, but it also forms the perfect essence of a warm and relaxing dining place. Solid wooden chairs and spacious tables come together in a seamlessly classy fashion providing that homely feel.

The Menu At La Risata

Shared here are some dishes that were personally recommended to us. As simple as it may seem, every ingredient used has its purpose, and were carefully selected to cater to customers taste buds.

While we were going through the menu for the very first time, we noticed that the main ingredients were displayed except the cooking methods or any sub-ingredients. That is where the fun is ain't it as it creates that mysterious feel as to what one might get - something similar to fusion cuisines where you let the chef surprise you. I personally enjoyed the fact that it creates an element of surprise.

Once we received the dish, Selena Mak, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager patiently took her time to explain each dish in detail to us. Portion here are great for sharing and that would give better opportunity for trying the different items from the menu.

Gnocchi Ai Gamberi, RM24 

The Gnocchi Ai Gamberi clearly demonstrates the chef's passion for flavour. The simple looking dish is eschewed with generous amount of potato dumplings and prawns coated with sweet aromas from the herb and butter. In the mouth, the dumplings and prawns were chewy and juicy, screaming freshness in every bite. Overall, a very tasty appetiser I may say to kick off your main course.

Tortellini D'Anatra E Porcini, RM37

The smoked duck meat stuffing within the well-pressed "dumplings" is seasoned delicately with porcini, button mushrooms as well as tomatoes. It is definitely enriching without masking the smoked duck's natural flavours. One of the most pleasing aspects of this dish is definitely the sauce which complemented the varying textures of the smoked duck. The result left us incomplete awe. Think of it like a "custom made suit" for the smoked duck if you get what I mean satisfaction wise of course.

Pizza Carbonara (Top half), RM29
Pizza Pera E Gorgonzola (Bottom half), RM33

Top half - Pizza Carbonara & Bottom half - Pizza Pera E Gorgonzola

This was a mixture of two different pizzas served together on one single plate to prevent wastage. Starting off with the carbonara, imagine having carbonara on your pizza instead of the usual spaghetti. Now let that sink in and that was exactly what we had. While any carbonara recipe is traditionally made with pancetta, that delectable Italian taste can be hard to master but it turned out great! 

One of the things that I love about this pizza is the crispy yet thin crust, unlike traditional pizzas out there, it definitely packs a punch and when it crumbles in your mouth - CRISPY! And then we got the aforementioned parmesan and mozzarella cheese - giving the pizza an extra texture of silky strands of melted cheese feel to it, and then, of course - all the beef bacon.

For those of you who prefer your pizza with a more toned down flavour, the Pera E Gorgonzola is the perfect pizza for you. It was love at first bite for us as theafter taste is one that will only get better in time. Believe us when we say the more you chew the stronger the taste produced from the combination of gorgonzola, mozzarella and walnut all of which are the catalyst to what is already an exquisite pizza. Not to mention the addition of the rocket leaves really does balance the "jelak" feeling one get after they have had one too many cheese. This is certainly one of those meals that one can consume for any time of the day.

Tomini Alla Griglia Con Peperoni Arrostiti, RM40

Of special mention is the Tomini Alla Griglia which consist of a perfectly grilled meat enriched with a layer of soft fresh cheese that is made from cow's milk. The grilled meat is juicy in the centre but crispy on the outside. Imagine that with a layer of cheese accompanied with the right amount of roasted pepper, tomato and rocket leaves on a crusty ciabatta bread. What a cheesy way to start your meal eh.

Spaghetti Alla Risata, RM39

Inspired  by an Italian cooking television show, the spaghetti Alla Risata is one of their specialty. The diversity and complexity of this hearty meal along with the likes of prawns, mussels, squid and clams is simply amazing. They are extremely generous with their portion as you can see however sharing is not caring when it comes to this picture because this spaghetti is so darn good. 

Costata Di Manzo Alla Griglia, RM76

Personally, this was one of my favourite main course meal on the menu. Albeit a medium rare fan, I found a new liking towards the medium well doneness in which its tenderness befitted me with greed in my heart. Accompanying the grilled Australian chilled grain-fed rib was a selection of sauces; the creamy mushroom, gorgonzola cheese and brown sauce. Truth be told, all three sauces gel pretty well with the grilled meat. The myriad of flavors literally exploded on my tongue, shimming through my mouth, slapping my taste buds, and I love it!

Chocolate Bombe, RM25

I still crave this bomb. The fusion of dark and white chocolate semifreddo with wild berries was simply delightful. The level of sweetness to it is just perfect thanks to the dark chocolate. The combination of dark and white chocolate together makes it an excellent choice for chocolate lovers. My favourite dessert, personally!

Sfogliatelle, RM18

Sometimes Italian food can be a bit heavy, hence this simple yet delicate pastry was the perfect compliment.
The second dessert we had was the Sfogliatelle which I know looks like curry puffs. The ricotta or chocolate were folded seamlessly into the crispy shell-shaped pastry, which added a symphony of flavours and texture in this dessert. 

Food aside, their coffee is equally as good too. Their coffee art is simply amazing!
We had the privilege to meet the restaurant manager as well as the chef whose greeting was as warm as the ambience of the restaurant. There we enquired further into their secrets from top down ranging from day-to-day operations and the secret behind their success. Indeed this was the highlight of that sunny afternoon.

From left - Nurul Shima, Manager of La Risata (Damansara), Selena Mak, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager, and Kumar, Head Chef of La Risata Damansara.

The Verdict

La Risata is a labour of of passion, and it shows in every step of your dining experience right from that very moment you walk through the door. Shima, Selena and Chef Kumar have put a lot of heart and soul into this friendly neighbourhood restaurant, and it really has paid off. Currently open for dinners, La Risata is the perfect choice for any occasions - a great place to bring your loved ones or even a simple catch up with friends.

We were invited to the La Risata Damansara branch, while their original branch is in Ampang. For more information on both the La Risata and contact information, do visit their website.

Restaurant Information

128, Jalan Kasah,
Medan Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-20959572
Operating Hours: Daily - Lunch (12:00PM - 3:00PM) & Dinner (6:00PM - 11:00PM)

Warmest Regards,
Nigel Chong

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Experience Unlimited Fun for Free and Be Famous with TikTok

November half-term is upon us. Whether you love it or hate it, for some, it's the season every school goers are looking forward too. Part of the issue lies with societal expectations of what it means to spend time with our children. On the one hand, we're constantly worrying about lining up an ever costly pile of activities to keep them busy while we are busy trying to juggle work and personal time.

Well worry not as TikTok has recently launched their #runfreefun campaign where everyone including parents themselves can have fun and be free to express their creativity with their own children. Talk about family bonding.... and who knows you might discover your inner talents you never knew you had.

From 10 to 24th November 2018, join Janna Nick, Nazim Othman, Anzalna Nasir, Shukri Yahaya, and Saharul Ridzwan in their journey to discover exciting and fun TikTok features and trying out unique video challenges. Shoot creative videos of yourself using the hashtag #runfreefun and tag your favourite celebrity to show off your talent. Who knows, you might even get a call out by your favorite star!

7 Steps to becoming famous:
1) Download TikTok by visiting the iOS or Android app stores.... Well don't just stop there make sure you sign up for a free account yeah hehe
2) Open the app, and click on the ‘+’ sign at the bottom of the menu to start a new shoot
3) Select your music, stickers or effect to spice up your video
4) Click the red record button and have fun showing off your moves
5) Click on the ‘icon to see the video, add fancy effects or filters to your video
6) Click 'NEXT', add the hashtag #runfreefun and tag your favorite celebrity and friends
7) Post the video on TikTok and your other social media channels to get more views!

To help you make a cun melecun TikTok video, just follow these top three tips from TikTok below, confirm meletup wan:
  • Use stickers and AR effects - Get creative by adding popular stickers and visual effects. Tapping the sticker icon on the bottom-left will allow you to browse the various face filters and AR effects. Popular effects include changing hair color, make up palette, and raindrop control.
  • Cool transitions - Record in small batches or in slow motion to allow space for you to include transitional effects. Clock on the filter or time effect to set your video pace. The trending TikTok challenge, #pillowchallenge is an example where you can use multiple short shoots to create an awesome transition video.
  • Duet screen - Want to sing alongside your favorite artists? Or mime to a funny conversation? Pick a video that you want to duet, and hit the share button to choose the duet option from the bottom of the screen. Now, just record your own video while the selected video is automatically playing on another side of the screen.
If you're a little on the shy side like me ;) worry not as TikTok is a unique platform that encourages creatorsto express their passion and creativity without borders. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a pro, old or young, if you want to feel closer to your favorite celebrities, friends or set foot in the world of fandom... look no further TikTok is D platform for you!

With love,

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Dance to the beat of Big Mac and stand a chance to win prizes worth RM20,000

Who doesn’t like to dance? It’s a great way to express yourself, have some fun, and even burn some calories at the same time! Well look no further as TikTok, the world's fastest growing short-video platform, has partnered with McDonald's Malaysia to launch the #BigMacTikTok challenge, inviting Malaysian creators to showcase their best moves!

What will you be doing?
From 4-31 October 2018, you can unleash your creativity by creating your very own TikTok video based on any of the Big Mac chant songs, powered by McDonald's. All you need to do is dance every performance as if it were your last and who knows...... you might be the next lucky winner to win a FREE McDonald's Big Mac and also be in the running to win prizes worth RM20,000.

How do you do it?
To join the #BigMacTikTok challenge is easy. you just need to perform these 6 simple steps ✌
  1. Download the TikTok App onto your smartphone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store
  2. Click the "Record" button, then "Pick a Sound" button, and then the "Challenge" button
  3. Select your preferred Big Mac chant
  4. Dance and record the Big Mac chant video and hashtag #BigMacTikTok
  5. Post your Big Mac chant video on TikTok and share it to Facebook or Instagram
  6. Select the URL of the Entry, login to the McDonald's App, fill in your details and insert the URL of the Entry and most importantly don't forget to click "Submit"
What is in it for you?
Now to the part where most of you would like to hear... so how do I actually win this? Well the top three participants with the most creative entry will win cash prizes worth a total of RM10,000, while five participants with the best entry under selected categories will win special prizes of RM1,000 each. Not only that, there are also fifty McD vouchers worth RM100 will also be given out as consolation prizes.

So what are you guys waiting for the clock is ticking......tiktoktiktok. Hurry up and give it your best shot and if you didn't succeed in winning don't be disheartened because I am sure you will end up lovin it.

For more information, head over to:

With love,

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dell Inspiron 13 5370 Review: When Agility Meets Mobility

As much as technologies are making smartphones the only device we will ever need in the future, laptops are still the next most convenient gadget that we carry around with us on our daily lifestyle. Whether it’s coming up with a presentation deck, churning out reports or binge-watching Netflix, there are three major things most of us will always look for in a laptop - Portable. Light. Powerful.

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000, to be exact – the Inspiron 13 5370 model is my new favorite because it’s thin, lightweight, powerful (fast), and most of all, it doesn’t only come in one basic or tacky colors, they have one in its most distinct name - Pink Champagne. The color is mesmerising. If you are not one that digs unique, the Inspiron 13 5370 does come with a premium, classic-looking Platinum Silver color.

Powered by an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor (8MB Cache, 4.0GHz) with 8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz of up to 32GB memory, an AMD Radeon® 530 Graphics with 2G GDDR5 Graphics memory, a 256GB solid state drive, 13-inch FHD anti-glare LED-backlit display yet only weighing at 1.4kg – there is nothing NOT love about it.

Don’t understand a single tech language I just said?

In simple language, the Inspiron 13 5370 is packed with a powerful yet super responsive performance for faster boot up and less waiting time, dramatic graphics for the smoothness and awesome visual performance, an epic memory power for effortless multitasking with all apps running simultaneously.

Aside from its powerful specs packed within this small little guy, another notable feature of the Inspiron 13 is it comes with a Fingerprint Reader on the power button making logins effortless, an optional backlit keyboard making typing in dim light an enjoyable moment and a universal connectivity where it comes with a USB Type C 3.1 that allows you to charge your device.

At full charge, the Inspiron 13 can last up to 8 hours of light work and an average of 5 hours for heavy-duty work such as binge-watching movies. With the power saving mode on, you can expect a far longer battery life.

With the anti-glare FHD LED-backlit display, your eyes will feel less strenuous from the long hours of works or binge-watching dramas. As it is anti-glare, feel free to use it under bright lights or outdoors without any distracting reflections. Also, the clarity and consistency of the screen color provide an awesome wide-angle view so that everyone can watch the display without missing any important information together.

Dell proudly states that they’ve packed the Inspiron 13 with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro where you can hear everything, from concerts to film scores and character dialogue with rich, resonant tones. For a 13-inch laptop, the audio is definitely impressive cause it is like a Poodle with a German Shepherd bark but definitely not an eargasm audio experience if you are really into orchestra theater audio experience. Nonetheless, I do agree that the Waves MaxxAudio® Pro allows you to hear everything – loud and clear in a medium-sized room should you choose to blast it at max volume. So, rest assured that it will definitely please your clients during presentations.

I rarely enjoy using a touchpad caused it lacks speed, precision, and comfort. However, the Inspiron 13’s touchpad is pretty good. Its precision and sensitivity to your touch are accurate, allowing multi-tasking a seamless process.

Now, this is one feature that I have yet to fully explore as I have not been given the opportunity to test it out, but it’s been said the Inspiron 13 comes with a SmartByte technology that prioritizes streaming content over other applications, to ensure that what you’re watching plays smoothly. This is definitely a futureproof feature as we’re going into the era of live streaming.

Here’s the last interesting thing about it, the Inspiron 13 has gone through lots of harsh tests that happens often in our daily lives, such as:
1) For any clumsy users out there, the keyboard is designed to be spill-resistant.
2) Forgot to take your laptop out of the car? Don’t worry, it can withstand short-term heat conditions of up to 65°C/149°F.
3) Worried that by opening and closing the lid too often would lead to loose hinges in the long run? It’ll last for 20,000 times before the hinges start to give way.
4) Irresponsive keys and touchpads after long use? If you can reach 10 million keystrokes and 1 million times on the touchpad. Dell's QC team says it’ll still survive. So, go ahead and spam all you want.
5) Though its height is only at 15.81mm, it will definitely not easily bend like the iPhone’s should you decide to handle it roughly.

Now, for the moment of truth.

The starting price of this device is RM3,899.00.

If you’re having second doubts because it sits close to the RM4,000.00 bracket. Don’t worry, it’s still cheaper than an iPhone XS and the Samsung Note 9 and trust me, it's worth the money.

Seriously, there’s nothing NOT to love about the Inspiron 13 5370. It is an all-rounder perfect laptop for students and working adults who want a fast, powerful yet light laptop to accompany our hectic lifestyle.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Take my money!

For more information, head on over to:
Dell Malaysia Official Site

With love,
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Just an average writer who fell in love with a seed unit for review purposes.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Slickest Ultrabook: Dell Inspiron 13 7000

  • It's slick
  • It's light yet durable
  • Strong performance for a tiny little guy at an affordable price
  • 2-in-1 hinge - ability to bend at 360 degrees
  • It's not a gaming laptop
Remember the last post on Inspiron 7000 series launch at Lowyat Mall? (click here if you didn't)

Well, lucky me! I got to test out one of their user-favorite budget ultrabooks; Inspiron 13 7000 for a month.

Who loves going around with a big and bulky laptop? Well, definitely not me. I mean, who loves to carry around an 8KG weight with them everywhere they go? Regardless if it's for work, personal use especially, holidays when you just need to backup, check and edit your travel experience.

THE INSPIRON 13 7000 2-IN-1

And here's the good stuff - Dell recently updated their Inspiron 13 7000 with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU processor (8MB Cache up to 4.0 GHz), Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM with 256GB solid-state drive packed into a 13.3inch FHD IPS Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with wide viewing angles-IR Camera for the price off RM5899!

Source: SOOMPI - My Love from the Stars

This baby is one of the most awesome 13-inch ultrabooks that I have ever tried. Most compact laptops come with limitations - e.g., slow loading time, overheating and poor resolutions just to name a few. The Inspiron 13 on the other hand really amazes me as it was actually able to handle photo editing - e.g. Lightroom & Photoshop. Not only that, this baby comes with a 2-in-1 hinge that allows it to be bent up to 360°. I can finally watch all my favorite TV-series, K-Drama & movies in any possible position/angle!

★ ★ ★ ★ 

This is your best partner in crime - flashing out this baby to my clients during meetings definitely got them jaw-dropping especially the fact that it is touch-screen. It loads really fast even with multiple tabs running with the addition of a wide viewing angle display. It's definitely way portable than my current 15-inch laptop as it is lighter and an average of 7 hours of usage on battery alone.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I did not manage to do a drop test on this at all as I can't get myself to drop this baby and have it scratch but according to Dell, the chassis is made of aluminum which is supposed to be durable enough to withstand light knocks.

Believe it or not, this baby can last me through up to 7 1/2 hours for work which includes web surfing, sending out emails, while listening to my favourite playlist on Spotify! That to me is pretty darn impressive. If you are a movie buff, the battery can only provide an average of about 4 hours for movies in full brightness.

If you're looking for a laptop that will be able to provide you with bass thumping sounds, you are better off investing in a separate speaker. If having the best audio isn't your main concern, the Inspiron 13 7000 audio will do just fine. In fact, the volume when put to max level, is pretty loud for a tiny guy thus, making it perfect for meeting presentations.

Display wise, the elegant thin-bezel will provide you with the best movie binge experience in the comfort of your own home. Besides that, the Full HD IPS touch display comes with a wide-angle viewing screen which really comes in handy during meetings and discussions.

I was 90% close to trading off my current laptop for this new baby but I can only live sanely with the existence of games. Thus, the only sad part that the Inspiron 13 7000 was not able to satisfy me was the fact that it is not powerful enough to support games such as League of Legends - which then again meets only the needs of my personal interest.

In a nutshell, if you are on a look-out for a laptop that is not too bulky for work & personal use, look no further because this is the best companion anyone could ever ask for.

★ ★ ★ ★ 

For more information, head on over to:
Dell Malaysia Official Site

With love,

Saturday, December 2, 2017

90's Hairstyle Salon: The Place To Go For Instaworthy Hair Color Trend

Bleaching once is enough to destroy your hair. Then there was me, who allowed a hairstylist to bleached her hair 5 times in one seating and another 1-2 time on her next visit just to get that perfect "grey hue" hair color for that insta-worthy hair look.

The result? Wasn't entirely the perfect grey and I ended up with horrendous hair damage. Thankfully, hair grows and all I gotta do is wait patiently for my hair to grow and repeat the search ๐Ÿ˜

But thanks to social media & Pinterest, I couldn't hold myself back from having those cool colored hair cause they look so PRETTY and a little bird recommended me to try 90's Hairstyles. Because of the endless temptations, I gave in and decided to toss my hair's luck on them, 90's Hairstyles.

They're a newly open hair salon at Sri Petaling's commercial hot spot tucked at the inner lane of Ten Years Restaurant.

A well-designed minimalist concept with spacious space between neighboring seats and walkways for personal space privacy.

A spacious leather chair that comes with a lower back cushioning for extra comfort. 

Full-length mirrors that make space looks a lot spacious than it is and the best tool to get that perfect LOTD & OOTD selfie.

And the one thing that I love the most from them was, their unique customer service as they provide blankets and warm drinks for that cozy, homely feeling. The only thing that was missing was a fireplace or it would have been perfect ๐Ÿ’“.


So, my visit to the salon was simple, dye - to revamp my washed out colored ends.

However, the challenge here is - my ends are pretty much damaged from the past bleaches and another bleach might pretty much just make them snap.

So, after 5 minutes of raising my concerns to Jennifer, she assured me that I will still be able to achieve the color that I want without damaging my hair. At first, I was skeptical but the moment I saw the Olaplex bottle, I know I am in GOOD HANDS. No joke, Olaplex is the savior, if you are planning to bleach and dye your hair, ALWAYS make sure its Olaplex and your hair is damage-proof!

Aside from Olaplex, they use FARMESI Color Method from Italy to protect my hair, scalp and skin from the hair dyes. Which, is another AMAZING stuff cause I literally had no burning sensations neither do I have to deal with weird patches of hair dye on my forehead that I often experience after a hair dye from other salons because FARMESI's Color Method creates a barrier to protect the scalp and skin while the dyes and bleach does its job.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (I have no reason to pinalize them on the full star for them ๐Ÿ’“)
The entire process took me 2 hours and the final verdict: Totally worth it!

If you're looking for a place to dye your hair and you have the following concerns:
*Itchy/burning scalp
*Hair damage from bleaching
*Unnatural looking hair colors

Head to 90's Hairstyles Salon as I can attest you that they will be able to help you achieve those insta-worthy hair colors without its consequences! Don't believe me? Check their Facebook & Instagram (link's below) out for all their insta-worthy hair picture collection.

For more information:-
8, Jalan Radin Bagus 6
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact number for reservations: 03-9054 6881

With love,
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